Patents Represented by Attorney Thomas A. Lennox
  • Patent number: 7246613
    Abstract: A motor vehicle interdiction device with an elastic bladder inserted by hand or fired as an infrared seeking missile into an automobile exhaust pipe and inflated with a compressed gas cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2007
    Inventor: Robert C. Mohar
  • Patent number: 7055789
    Abstract: A power hand-tool support apparatus includes a multi-component articulating arm with pneumatic lifting assist to hold the hand-tool and protect the operator from tool induced torque, the apparatus equipped with positional feedback optical encoders, to communicate with a dedicated control unit to define a selectable datum position of the hand-tool in the work-space with a lock-out of the tool if the positions do not comply with programmed tightening sequences on bolt patterns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2006
    Assignee: Automation Tool Company
    Inventors: Lucian Curt Libbey, James Phillip Cranford, Michael S. Janko
  • Patent number: 6651921
    Abstract: A spool winder includes a holder for a filament bulk roll, a cantilever member to receive a weed trimmer filament spool, and a crank handle device rotating on the member while holding and interlocking into openings in the trimmer spool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2003
    Inventor: Weldon L. Travis
  • Patent number: 6554445
    Abstract: A cloth pouch with a frontal adjustable sized aperture is strappable on the torso of a person adapted to hold and expose through the aperture a dome shaped battery powered lamp that is turned on and off by tapping the dome.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2003
    Inventor: Joseph Jacoby
  • Patent number: 6444196
    Abstract: A method of manufacture of a water emulsion and a new use of applying the composition to hair that improves the condition of excessively curly hair that has been subjected to a straightening process, the composition including at least three emollients chosen from the group consisting of mineral oil, isopropyl myristate, propylene glycol, cetyl alcohol, and lanolin, stearic acid, and a nonionic surfactant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2002
    Assignee: Ethnic Magic, Inc.
    Inventor: Benjamin F. Evans
  • Patent number: 6406107
    Abstract: A point of purchase gravity feed packaged product dispenser with replaceable graphic advertising display panels on the front and sides includes a housing holding packaged products stacked vertically with a bottom front dispensing opening, guide members that pivot inwardly at adjustable chosen angles from the rear and side walls to guide and adjust to the size of the product package, and guide members that pivot upwardly at adjustable chosen angles from the floor to guide and adjust the height of the dispensing opening. The housing of the dispenser is a parallelepiped molded of a polyolefin in two parts, one part the side walls, a back wall and a bottom wall connected by living hinges and interlocking to a front wall forming opposing grooves along each front vertical edge to receive graphic panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2002
    Assignee: Taurus Display Inc.
    Inventor: Richard M. Franczak
  • Patent number: 6328559
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for post-forming an acrylic sheet using radiant heat are disclosed. The heating apparatus includes radiant heating tubes mounted to a frame and positioned in a heating plane. A support platform is also mounted to the frame. A heating area is defined between the heating tubes and the support platform. The heating area is substantially exposed to the atmosphere, allowing unheated air to exchange with the heated air in the heating area. To use the apparatus, combustible gas is ignited and passed through the radiant heating tubes, such that heat radiates from the tubes to the heating area. An acrylic sheet is placed on the support surface such that the unfinished side of the sheet faces the radiant heating tubes. The entire sheet is positioned in the heating area for a selected period of time. The heated sheet is then positioned in a mold until almost cool. At that point, the sheet is removed and allowed to cool completely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2001
    Inventors: Thomas Sellers, David McEwen
  • Patent number: 5971654
    Abstract: A device for mounting a leaf spring to an axle housing of a vehicle, in which a cap device receives the axle housing of the vehicle. A liner is positioned inside the cap to permit rotational movement of the axle housing. A pair of U-bolts is mounted on the cap and extends down from the cap toward the leaf spring. First and second plates engage the U-bolts to present a pair of parallel plates positionable on top and bottom of the leaf spring, respectively. Preferably, the liner is fabricated from a low friction material such as polytetrafluoroethylene. To prevent aixal movement of the device, stops engage the axle housing. Stabilizing plates maintain the top, first plate generally parallel to the leaf spring and prevent relative movement of the first plate and the U-bolts. Spacers maintain a minimum spacing between the first and second plates on the U-bolts. In a preferred embodiment, a low friction surface is provided on the portion of the plates in contact with the leaf spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1999
    Inventor: Thomas J. Sweeney, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5945057
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for post-forming an acrylic sheet using radiant heat are disclosed. The heating apparatus includes radiant heating tubes mounted to a frame and positioned in a heating plane. A support platform is also mounted to the frame. A heating area is defined between the heating tubes and the support platform. The heating area is substantially exposed to the atmosphere, allowing unheated air to exchange with the heated air in the heating area. To use the apparatus, combustible gas is ignited and passed through the radiant heating tubes, such that heat radiates from the tubes to the heating area. An acrylic sheet is placed on the support surface such that the unfinished side of the sheet faces the radiant heating tubes. The entire sheet is positioned in the heating area for a selected period of time. The heated sheet is then positioned in a mold until almost cool. At that point, the sheet is removed and allowed to cool completely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 31, 1999
    Inventors: Thomas Sellers, David McEwen
  • Patent number: 5829061
    Abstract: A molded work glove for providing protection to the hand and fingers of a wearer against cold and abrasion is provided. A hand portion is made of a sheet foam material having a thickness between 1 mm and 5 mm. A hand cavity is disposed in the hand portion and is defined by the sheet foam material. Finger portions are mounted to the periphery of the hand portion and extend outwardly. The finger portions have a palm side and a back side and a tip located distal to the hand portion. The finger portions are made of a sheet foam material having a thickness between 1 mm and 5 mm. Finger cavities are disposed in the finger portions and are defined by the sheet foam material. The sheet foam material is an elastic, nonabsorbent, insulating material. The finger cavity at the tip is sized to loosely fit the finger of the wearer such that a gap is formed between the finger of the wearer and the sheet foam material. At least one aperture is disposed in the palm side at the tip of at least three finger portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 3, 1998
    Inventors: Jane T. Visgil, John D. Visgil
  • Patent number: 5823536
    Abstract: A method of playing casino blackjack is provided where players receive a card point total equaling the point value of numbered cards, ten points for face cards and one or eleven points for aces. Players and a dealer are positioned in an order at a table. Each player, in turn, is offered the role of banker until a first player accepts. A wager is provided by each player, excluding the banker. Initial two-card blackjack hands are dealt by the dealer to the players, including the banker and excluding the dealer, in order starting from a player adjacent to the banker. Each player is allowed to receive additional cards from the dealer, at the player's option or until the player exceeds a card point total of twenty-one, starting from the player adjacent to the banker. The banker collects the wagers of any player receiving a card point total over twenty one.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1998
    Inventor: Leo Flasch
  • Patent number: 5823595
    Abstract: A long work bench stored in a folded up package attached by a hinged bracket to the inside surface of a pickup truck tailgate to swing rearwardly while still attached. The work bench includes a central table the length of the tailgate section, a pair of first end table sections attached by hinges to the outer ends of the central section, and a pair of second end table sections attached by hinges to the outer ends of the first end table sections to form a sixteen foot work surface with adjustable height legs that pivot away when stored against the tailgate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1998
    Inventor: Nicholas A. Tronco
  • Patent number: 5823024
    Abstract: An apparatus for rotatably mounting a steering wheel to a steering column is provided. A core having a central bore is attached to the steering column. A housing is rotatably mounted to the core. A steering wheel is fixed to the housing. A central shaft extends away from the housing through the bore. A locking assembly is mounted to the housing which can be selectively engaged to the core such that, in an unlocked position, the housing can rotate with respect to the core and, in the locked position, the housing is fixed with respect to the core.An apparatus is provided for mounting a steering wheel to a steering column such that the steering wheel can be selectively disabled. A core is attached to the steering column. A track is located at the periphery of the core. A slot in the core extends from the track. A housing is fixedly attached to the steering wheel and rotatably mounted to the core. A lock assembly is mounted to the core having an end located on the track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1998
    Assignees: Doris Goodson, Elizabeth Stewart
    Inventors: Doris L. Goodson, Alexander Alon
  • Patent number: 5806189
    Abstract: A utility knife having replaceable blades is provided having a handle with an exterior surface and an interior. A slide member is slidingly mounted in the interior of the handle. A blade is removably mounted to the slide member such that, in a first position, the blade is contained completely within the handle and, in a second position, the blade extends partially out of the handle. A shell is hinged to the handle at the exterior surface. The shell includes a central cavity shaped to receive replacement blades. Further, a utility knife having replaceable blades is provided having a handle with a first casing and a second casing. A hinge member is mounted to the first bottom edge and the second bottom edge such that the first casing can be rotated with respect to the second casing from a closed position to an open position. A slide beam is slidingly mounted on the first casing. A blade is removably attached to the front end of the slide beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1998
    Inventor: Arthur Bailey
  • Patent number: 5662135
    Abstract: To solve the problem of the missing homeowner when the residential irrigation system needs the annual start-up or winterizing, electrical connection is made between the standard irrigation timing control unit located inside a building with an irrigation control bypass apparatus attached on an outside surface of the building, the apparatus including a terminal strip in the housing with connector lugs for each of the electrical lines to irrigation zones, sockets connected to reduced amperage current supplied by the timing control unit, and jumper wires to alternatively connect the socket means with a chosen lug on the terminal strip to open the corresponding water line to the irrigation zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 2, 1997
    Assignee: Arthur's Landscaping & Garden Center Inc.
    Inventors: Arthur L. Oppmann, John F. Oppmann, Charles S. Siedlecki
  • Patent number: 5599187
    Abstract: A paint ball gun is protected by armor and is equipped with aiming mechanisms to allow the gun to be swiveled horizontally and raised or lowered using linear actuators controlled by hand held controllers distanced from and generally behind a person being trained in armed combat with the task of hitting targets located near the paint gun while avoiding being struck by a paint ball from the gun.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 4, 1997
    Inventor: Dominick N. Mesiano
  • Patent number: 5573239
    Abstract: An apparatus that determines the accuracy and speed of a thrown ball, catches the ball and throws the ball back to a source is provided that a housing with a front opening covered by tension adjustable vertical flexible strips with a ramp inclined downwardly to the front with a door closeable opening with a ball throwing device behind the ramp opening. Behind the strips is a hanging target pad with jiggle sensors on the pad and on the ramp sensing a ball hit, the sensors electrically connected to controller to record and display the count and the ball speed. A lever adjusts the distance between to spinning wheels of the ball return to adjust for ball size and pitching distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 12, 1996
    Inventors: Kenneth H. Ryker, Ronald D. Hawn
  • Patent number: 5529431
    Abstract: A temporary manhole cover constructed of glass fiber reinforced resin grate fits into the standard manhole opening is strong enough to support a motor vehicle and light enough to be lifted out from below or above and also includes a cut out to the edge for pipes, tubing, and wires to be trained through the opening down the manhole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 25, 1996
    Assignees: Alfred T. Francis, Thomas V. Walsh
    Inventor: Thomas V. Walsh
  • Patent number: 5507075
    Abstract: An eyeglass strap retainer device is constructed of a cord with both terminal sections being formed into loops secured by a metal clasp. Each loop is threaded inside a resilient helical compression spring which is secured in place with the terminal end of the compression spring proximate the terminal end of the loop requiring that the spring be compressed when attached over a temple leg of a pair of eyeglasses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 16, 1996
    Inventor: Carl R. Tillstrom
  • Patent number: 5495913
    Abstract: A shock absorbing linkage apparatus is provided on a motor vehicle such as a motorcycle including a U-shaped member with the free ends connected to the axle and the base section connected to the frame. An integral linkage member pivotally connects to the front of the swingarm member extending downwardly to connect with the shock absorber. Two rearward connection points on the integral member are connected to anchor arm members which connect to upper connection points on the frame. The shock absorber is positioned horiztonally extending rearwardly from a lower connection to the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 5, 1996
    Inventor: Frederick R. Salisbury